Now that summer has arrived it’s time to get outside and exercise outdoors. And there’s no better exercise than running or cycling to work. Think about it, you save money by not hopping in the car or on the train, you gain an hour because you’ve already done your workout and you get to have a big dose of vitamin D – and that’s before you’ve even sat down at your desk.
Exercising outdoors has so many wonderful benefits but when you’re heading to the office the last thing you want to is sit at your desk all day feeling a hot mess.
But never fear, you know that Maison Du Vann is your one stop shop for good advice and here are some top tips on how you can run or cycle to work and still turn up at the office feeling fresh…
Wear the right clothes. You’re going to get hot so even if you step outside and it feels bit chilly (this is a British summer after all) don’t be tempted to wear that uber thick hoodie. Instead use layers wisely. That way you can peel them off as your temperature starts to rise.If you’re planning on wearing your workout gear in the office go for shades that won’t show any sweat patches and light fabric to let the air flow around you.
Keep a wash kit at work. Wet wipes are your best friend. Keep a small bag of things that will help you freshen up such as wipes, deodorant, perfume etc. Even if you don’t have showers and changing facilities in your office, this will be enough to keep you feeling clean.
Apply your make up when you get to work. There’s no point in spending time applying a full face of make up only for it to feel like it’s running off your face by the time you get to work. Take your make up kit to the office and give yourself the full treatment once you’re there.
Dry shampoo. Wait until your hair has acclimatised to the air conditioning in the office before giving your hair a quick spritz. You’ll have fresh, manageable hair in no time.
Think about your route. Rather than taking the busy main roads, try cutting through the side streets. The air will be cleaner, it’ll be quieter and way more relaxing.
Find your nearest shower. You have to love technology because there’s an app called FlowFinder which will help you find your nearest ‘pay as you go’ shower facilities. Users of the app can also purchase a grab and go bag which includes everything you need to take a shower on the go. The bag includes a waterproof bike seat cover that doubles up as a shower cap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, a microfibre towel, a reusable plastic bottle plus a razor and blade. The bags will cost just £20 plus P&P for a limited time. The app is free and available for download on apple and android.
Biking or running to work may not always be possible but why waste summer evenings at the gym when you can get your workout for free and in the fresh air.